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21
NOV
7am

Civil Society groups criticized for how they deal with sexual harassment

Civil Society groups have come under severe criticism for the way they deal with sexual harassment, abuse and discrimination of its employees. They've been accused of protecting perpetrators of sexual abuse and gender based violence over the victims. This emerged during a discussion on Confronting Abuse and Gender based violence in the civil society sector organised by Action Aid South Africa in Johannesburg
16
NOV
6am

Economist says SA can expect favourable trade deals with UK as Brexit storm continues

Economist Issac Mashego says South Africa should expect a good trade deal with the UK event after the Brexit deal has been finalised. This comes as EU Ambassadors meet in Brussels, Belgium today to consider the withdrawal plan, which British Prime Minister Theresa May is confident will work. Yesterday three British ministers and Brexit secretary Dominic Raab resigned. Some MPs have made a formal request for a vote of no confidence against May. The exit plan seeks to ensure that Britain leaves the EU by March next year. She spoke to a local radio station in London earlier today. Sound courtesy of the BBC.
16
NOV
6am

De Lille cagey about whether she sent SMS to Limberg

Former Cape Town Mayor Patricia De Lille remains cagey about whether she did send an SMS to DA councillor Xanthea Limberg suggesting that processes be bypassed during the appointment of a city manager two years ago. De Lille allegedly wanted Achmat Ebrahim to be given the job. Limberg has laid criminal charges against De Lille at the local police station, but the former mayor who has left the DA, says she is doing so at the instruction of the party. Limberg has denied this.
16
NOV
6am

Load shedding likely during December holidays

South Africans should brace themselves for possible load shedding during the festive season. Eskom CEO, Phakamani Hadebe briefed the media on the state of the power system at the utility's head office in Megawatt Park in Johannesburg earlier today saying they're trying to minimise the risk of load shedding but urged consumers to use energy sparingly.
16
NOV
6am

Koko, Singh and Daniels implicated in Treasury report

The National Treasury's forensic report has outlined corruption at Transnet and Eskom over the last six years. It pointed former Eskom executives Matshela Koko, Anoj Singh and Suzanne Daniels in wrongdoing at Eskom. The report also looking into the procurement of locomotives at Transnet has recommended that criminal charges be laid against a number of people including former CEOs Siyabonga Gama and Brian Molefe. Pieter du Toit is a journalst with NEWS 24 and he spoke to our presenter Stephen Kirker.
14
NOV
7am

Process to find the next National Director of Public Prosecutions underway

The process to find the next National Director of Public Prosecutions is underway at the Union Buildings in Pretoria. In August, it was ruled that the appointment of Shaun Abrahams was unconstitutional and invalid. Acting NDPP, Silas Ramaite, is the first person being interviewed, and was asked about values that need to be upheld at the NPA.
Meanwhile, DA MP Glynnis Breytenbach explains reasons why she decided to withdraw from the process for the hunt of the next National Director of Public Prosecutions.
14
NOV
7am

The SABC Board and Senior Executives back in Parliament

The SABC Board and senior executives are back in Parliament to re-appear before the Standing Committee on Public Accounts, SCOPA. The Board was sent back by the financial watchdog last week after presenting what Scopa found to be an ill-prepared presentation which lacked detail. The committee wants to question the board about multi-billion-rand irregular expenditure at the public broadcaster, including more than half a billion rand wasted under the current SABC Board.
14
NOV
7am

Schooling interrupted in Koffiefontein; Free State due to protests

There is still no schooling in Koffiefontein since protests that took place last month. Community members are allegedly still preventing learners from attending schools until their demands are met. They demand the mayor to step down. Some of their demands include: high rate of unemployment, that the mine and municipality hire people from outside, bad water quality, road conditions and demand title deeds. More than 72 people were arrested following violent protests.
13
NOV
7am

Pravin Gordhan's evidence at the Commission of Inquiry into State Capture postponed

Chairperson of the Commission of Inquiry into State Capture, Deputy Chief Justice Raymond Zondo says he has granted an order that Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan's evidence be heard on Monday November the 19th. Justice Zondo made the announcement at the commission's hearings in Parktown, Johannesburg, where former Public Enterprises minister Barbara Hogan has resumed her testimony. Justice Zondo did not give any reasons for the postponement of Gordhan's testimony.
13
NOV
7am

The High Court in Pretoria rules that the Reserve Bank can liquidate the assets of VBS Mutual Bank

The High Court in Pretoria has ruled that the Reserve Bank can liquidate the assets of VBS Mutual Bank. The bank had made the application last month saying there is no hope of saving the bank following massive looting and fraud amounting to 1.2 billion rand. "The Great Bank Heist" report by advocate Terry Motau also recommended that the bank's operations be wound down. It lists 53 people as having received money from the bank under questionable circumstances. Last week MPs raised questions about why the Reserve Bank was not prepared to put in place a rescue plan for VBS.

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